Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the primitives unable to make clothes?

2. On which street corner does Chief order books to be incinerated?

3. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs discover the screenplay at the heart of the novel?

4. How does the narrator characterize the scientists from New Zealand?

5. Near which major city do the scientists finally land?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the narrator's point about love and fear when describing the crew of the Canterbury?

2. Describe the first moment of commonality shared by Dr. Poole and Loola following the rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

3. Describe the circumstances during which Dr. Poole is kidnapped.

4. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

5. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

6. Describe the Chief's conception of "Democracy."

7. Describe the landing of the Canterbury and the crew's first sight of land.

8. Why does the Chief order his gravediggers to bury Dr. Poole?

9. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

10. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the fictionalized world history put forth by Ape and Essence. How was the majority of mankind destroyed? Why was New Zealand spared? How does fear of war relate to the time period Huxley was writing in?

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